Here to Stay

Eritrean lunch
post-war teacher offering
how blessed they make me


youngest’s six sound bites
mad, glad, hungry, scared… favorite?
Mama’s “Für Elise”

tears backstage, waiting
for a song i can’t quite play
that’s her favorite sound?

middle school yelling
another homework battle
oldest sets standards

caught in the middle
daughter two rattles school story
steals bed time cuddles

how spicy, this meal
carried across continents
homemade, just like us


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